“The Shark and the Dragon King” is available now for $0.99/ free through Kindle Unlimited.
Marianna is cursed. If she ventures into the ocean, she changes into a shark, with animal instincts that once led to tragedy. To protect herself and others, she’s fled far from her home in Hawaii, taking refuge in a landlocked area of the United States. That’s where a mysterious priest finds her and makes an offer she can’t refuse: in exchange for a magical talisman that will help her control her cursed form, Marianna must venture down to the undersea palace of the legendary Dragon King of Japan.
And she must defeat him.
But once there, she quickly discovers that things are not at all what they first seemed. The Dragon King has had a hand in creating her curse, now he gives her yet another way to defeat it so she can reclaim her ‘true form’ for all eternity. It will mean confronting another ancient enemy, one that has been hunting her and her family throughout history…
The Shark and the Dragon King is an 11,000-word fantasy story which contains elements of both Hawaiian mythology and Japanese folk tales. Due to the violent nature of some of the scenes, it is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.
Some exciting news to pass along! First, I received an Honorable Mention in the 2nd Quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest. I’m excited, of course, but still hoping to disqualify myself from the competition all together by pro-ing out as soon as possible!
I also was informed that my first published fantasy story, “Ink,” which originally appeared in Liquid Imagination Issue 21, has won a Write Well Award 2015, which is sponsored by the Silver Pen Writers Association. The anthology of award winners is available in both e-book and print through Amazon.
Now that the contract has been signed, I’m pleased to announce my short story, “Ink,” will be published in Issue 21 of Liquid Imagination, which is due to be released at the end of this month. It’s my first story sale in the fantasy genre.
I am beyond thrilled right now. Not only am I being published, but I happen to have a particular soft spot in my heart for this story (though I suppose writers aren’t supposed to have favorites), which involves subtle magic and Japanese kanji tattoos. I had a lot of fun writing it .